Finding The Perfect Planner

Lifestyle, Organization, Productivity

Digital vs Paper?

Digital planning didn’t work for me.

It bugged me too much to bounce from the task app, the notes app, and the calendar app on my phone and tablet. It’s easier for me to turn to a sheet on my planner and see the date, task list, and notes all on one page. Also it is harder to ignore handwritten tasks than it is to ignore notifications on your phone or Outlook. Digital definitely has benefits but paper is here to stay.

Paper Planners

If you go paper based, any planner/organizer that fits your needs will do. It is important to choose one that is

  1. the right size for your needs, and
  2. fits your thinking processes so that you’ll use it

All of us lead different lives, so that’s why there are zillions of planners out there. You may have to try a few before you find the right planner that’s right for you.

Options for Trying Out New Planners

Target is a good option to test planners. They are not expensive and they have a lot of pretty and/or functional ones. The other option is printing out templates of the planner you are thinking of using. You can also try drawing out a template in a bullet journal or notebook.

If you never use planners before, it’s best to start inexpensive to see how your thinking process meshes with the planner layout. You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a planner that does not work well for you and not use.

The Right Planner

The right planner, when you open it has to delight you. It has to inspire you because without that, it’s not going to keep you being productive. It should make your life easier and it should make you happy. If it’s not working out or it’s frustrating you, then it’s okay to try another planner, or go back to digital.

Also as your life changes and as your kids grow, your schedule changes, and therefore your planning changes.

It’s always exciting to start a new planner, so give it a shot, and continue planning.

What planner do you use? If in market for planner what have you seen and liked so far?

The Real Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms

Career, Lifestyle, Organization

Forget about it! 

My house is not clean everyday.  Work gets busy and other priorities take precedence.  No one’s coming over, cleaning can wait!

Your home should be clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

When do I clean? Certainly when people are coming over to visit. Once I know I’m expecting visitors, I schedule that on my calendar.  During the week I can plan ahead of when I need to get in gear for cleaning my house before people come over.  No one needs to see a dirty house, and sometimes, visitors can wait too.

Welcome to My Blog-I’m Alina Smith

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Currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah and love it.

Born in the United States. Daughter of Argentine immigrants. I’m a triplet. Happily married to my Asian sensation, mother of two lovely children—they do have amazing hair. The prettiest and sweetest little girls.

As a child, I lived in Culver City, California and lived in Austin, Texas as a teenager. I lived in Brazil for 18 months as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I speak English (native), Spanish and Portuguese.

I originally wrote about weddings, pregnancy, and babies because it was what happened. Then it evolved. I was on Quora for quite a long time discussing about nannies, career as mom, Airbnb hosting, and that there are Latinas who date & marry Asian guys and create cute babies together. It’s still evolving.

I also like to write reviews on Yelp on restaurants and services I use. Huge Yelp fan, everyone should know what to expect in service before paying for it.


This is my personal blog. All commentary are my own and not of the companies I work at past, present, and future.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. I do accept free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.